|The original martini called for gin and vermouth. Gin is a complex spirit, and part of the enjoyment of a gin martini is savoring the layering of botanical flavors in the gin.
But with the rise in popularity of neutral-flavored vodka in the 1980s, the vodka martini has morphed into an endless parade of full-flavored cocktails (one lounge in Chicago offers more than 100 varieties of vodka martini). Here are four special vodka martini recipes, plus a classic vodka martini recipe for the less adventurous, courtesy of Grey Goose vodka. These sophisticated drinks will generate excitement at any gathering.
Survive the summer heat with a Maharaja’s Martini, made with guava juice and fresh mint leaves. You need to be a maharaja to afford the Black Truffle Martini.
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